The Lover's Luck ~ Cook

The Lover's Luck ~ Pat Shaw The Lover's Luck ~ Cook

The Lover's Luck ~ Cook is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Bray in 1699 and published in Country Dances: Being a Composition Entirely New, London. It was interpreted by Tom Cook in 1979 and published in Again Let's Be Merry. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Bray writes:

The 1st. Man turn his Wo. with his right Hand, and fall betwixt the 2d. cu. with his Face to his Wo. and his Wo. fall from him at the same time; 1st. Man turn the 2d. Wo. with the left Hand, till he comes to the middle of the Room above, his Wo. turns the 2d. Man at the Same time with the left Hand, till they come to their places as at first, and then cast off The 2d. cu. do the same after them Then 1st. cu. lead up, 2d. cu. lead down, and all turn S. then back again and turn S. then each Man turn his Wo. round with the right Hand 1st. The Wo. cast off to the right Hand to the 2d. Mans place, the 2d. Man cast up to the 1st. Womans place at the same time, the other cu. following their own Partners till they come all on a row, the 1st. Man and 2d. Wo. with their backs to each other, then all four turn to the left Hand, 1st. cu. down, 2d. cu. up, and each Man cross over with his own And so to the end.

This appears to me to be the same as Pat Shaw's interpretation except for B2.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, turn single cloverleaf, gypsy, cast, lead, siding, turn corners (and probably others).

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